Horse Racing Schedule And Betting Insight For Sat., Aug. 29

Horse Racing News, Notes and Daily Tips From Saratoga and Del Mar including “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Races

The biggest days at the races are the weekends, where the top tracks in America host the biggest stakes races. The Triple Crown races draw tremendous interest from fans, media and horse handicappers and bettors. From the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs to the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, there is plenty of additional horse racing that draws interest and betting from many of the top tracks listed below.

The weekend of Aug. 28-30 features a number of graded stakes races inclucing two “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races with one each from Saratoa and Del Mar.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships the first weekend in November. The best race horses in the world compete for million dollar or more purses as jockeys, trainers and owners guide them to racing riches. The Sport of Kings becomes a world spectacle at the Breeders’ Cup, and Santa Anita (10) and Churchill Downs (9) have hosted the event more than any other tracks. The 2020 Breeders’ Cup is at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky on Nov. 6-7.

Follow along as this page and site provides weekend racing schedules, betting odds, news, notes and tips on races and betting information on the biggest races from the leading tracks in America. Check back prior to the races with any updated news, information, weather, horse projections and current picks including at numberFire.

Racing schedule and betting odds: Saturday, Aug. 29


Picks and Analysis at numberFire (Saturday), includes two Grade 1 races – the $500K Swoard Dancer and $300K Forego. The winner of the Sword Dancer gains entry to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 7 at Keeneland.

Picks and Analysis at numberFire (Sunday, Aug. 30).

Picks and Analysis previously on Friday’s in August .  Update2-of-3 short priced winners. Also, 2-of-3 winners Friday at 6/1 and 3/1 odds.

Daily Racing Form Race Schedule and Entries – 11 races Saturday

Program changes and scratches.

On July 25 top picks cashed in at Saratoga. In Race 9, Turbo Drive won at 17/1 odds and returned $36.60 to win. Other top pick Jimmy Jazz (16/1) finished 3rd by a head for $8.40. Top pick & favorite Volatile won Race 10 – the $250K Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1).  Our other top pick in Race 3, Call Me Love, finished 2nd by a neck at 9/2 odds to return $6.80 in the $100K Ballston Spa.

Del Mar

Picks and Analysis at numberFire (Friday, Aug. 28), part of FanDuel Racing. Update: 1 winner at 3/1 odds with analysis below.

Picks and Analysis at numberFire (Saturday).

Daily Racing Form Race Schedule and Entries (Saturday) – 11 races Saturday at Del Mar including the $150K Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2). The winner gains entry to the $2 million Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland.

Friday winner at Del Mar: Miss Costa Rica (6/1) debuts for EPO trainer Richard Baltas. She has show consistent speed on her work tab in the mornings with a full slate of 12 works the past three months in prep for her debut. That’s something to track for trainers bringing a young horse into their first race. She has the pedigree to perform well at first asking. Another leading jockey, Abel Cedillo, is summoned to ride, and Top Race Reports notes that Cedillo is getting his choice of more horses to ride. Miss Costa Rica has the ability to take this at a price on first asking.

Earlier this month at Ellis Park: 2-for-3 including Ellis Park Derby and Audobon Oaks winners; both in large fields. Also, a 12/1 pick that closed 5/1 finished 2nd. Kentucky Derby top contender Art Collector is a winner.

Mundaye Call (9/2) is what we look for as an improving runner and coming into form. She won her last race against older horses, showing tactical speed and ability for new EPO trainer Brad Cox. Another boost by Brad and this one can ride home a winner with jockey Flourent Geroux (Audobon Oaks).

Horse Racing News, Notes and Daily Tips

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Rob Henie, publisher and handicapper of the WCHR, is often featured in the Los Angeles Times, and on May 31 provided Race 6 analysis and lessons.

More lessons on trainers and EPO in this June 11 ECHR and Top Race Reports writeup and tweet.

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Top race tracks in America

  • Arlington Park
  • Aqueduct Racetrack
  • Belmont Park
  • Churchill Downs
  • Del Mar Racetrack
  • Fair Grounds Race Course
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Keeneland Race Course
  • Monmouth Park
  • Oaklawn Park
  • Pimlico Race Course
  • Santa Anita Park
  • Saratoga Race Course
  • Tampa Bay Downs

Horse racing tracks running live Thoroughbred racing and covered on this page and site

Belmont Park
Churchill Downs
Del Mar Racing

Del Mar reopened for racing on July 10. But the beautiful seaside track north of San Diego cancelled racing the weekend of July 17-19 amid the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 15 jockeys and seven track workers tested positive for COVID-19.

“Where the Turf meets the Surf” is the slogan for one of the most picturesque sporting venues in America. The Grandstand overlooks the Pacific Ocean with mesmerizing panoramic views all part of the experience. It combines glamour, sophistication, and the excitement of horse racing.

The main track is exactly one mile long with additional chutes for 7/8 mile and 1 ¼ mile. On the inside of the oval, there is a turf course which can stage races up to 1 1/16th miles.

Fans can follow horse racing and track updates on Twitter: @DelMarRacing

Monmouth Park
Santa Anita Park
Saratoga Race Course

Named one of the world’s greatest sporting venues by Sports Illustrated, the past comes alive in the historic grandstand every summer in Saratoga Springs, which is also home to the National Museum of Racing.

Saratoga’s motto is “Health, History and Horses,” and the culture, charm and  unmatched ambiance makes Saratoga a special environment and racing destination.

The ‘Spa’ has held racing annually since 1864 with very few exceptions. Anti-gambling legislation stopped summer racing at Saratoga in 1911 and 1912, and World War II suspended racing at Saratoga from 1943-45. The 2020 summer meet was shortened to 40 days due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and no spectators are allowed at the track.

Saratoga has a 1 1/8 mile, 9 furlong dirt race and a 1 mile, 8 furlong turf track known as the Mellon Turf Course. There is also an inner turf track which is 7 furlongs.

In total, 16 Grade I races are held annually at Saratoga. Remaining Grade 1 races in August:

  • Aug. 15: $500,000 Alabama (G1) – “Win and You’re In” to BC Distaff
  • Aug. 15: $500,000 Saratoga Derby
  • Aug. 22: $400,000 Fourstar Dave (G1) – “Win and You’re In’ to TVG Mile
  • Aug. 23: $500,000 Diana (G1)
  • Aug. 29: $500,000 Sword Dancer (G2) – “Win and You’re In” to BC Turf
  • Aug. 29: $300,000 Forego (G1)

Fans can follow horse racing and track updates on Twitter: @TheNYRA

Additional races may be covered from selected racetracks from the top racetracks list.

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